Originally Posted by highstrung
I am a 44 year old male who watched some video about men that knit a year ago and couldn't get it out of my mind. My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I want to knit my own scarf and hat...I hope I'm not the only guy on the forms.
Well there's at least ONE more guy here, that much I know. I'm sure there are more.
I would imagine most people run into the too-tight problem when they start out -- I know I sure did. My guess is that when I did it it was because I was trying to make sure I kept the stitches all the same size. Once I figured out that they'll even themselves out a lot once the piece is done (usually) and stopped giving that extra tug on the yarn after every stitch and stopped holding my breath things started to get easier. I still knit tighter than most (probably) but it's getting better.
You'll also find out that once you get beyond a few rows and have something that's starting to look like fabric it's easier to manage. Another thing that made it easier for me was to get needles that "fit my hands". If you're using straight needles this is probably not as much of an issue, but I found that the tips on 16" circulars were hard to control at first because they were so short. (They have to be, and I get that, but knowing that didn't make it any easier for me to hold onto them.)
My first projects were on US 6 and 8, on... maybe 9" long straight needles. I wouldn't recommend anything much longer than that 'cause the yarn will wrap around the butt-end of he needle and just make you cuss that much louder.
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